Government helping to showcase Kakadu during Discovery Month

The Australian Government is delighted to announce that April will be Discovery Month at the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park with a range of new and exciting activities for visitors. Discovery Month will showcase one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations with a range of immersive experiences so visitors can connect with Kakadu. These recognise the…

Future is bright for renewables jobs in Australia

Contrary to the rhetoric from Bill Shorten, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today show the future is bright for jobs in the renewables industry. Since 2011-12, there has been significant growth in many areas of the industry (to 2014-15): Large scale solar PV jobs are up 1560 per cent (from 50 to…

Australian Government thanks Antarctic community for support

On behalf of the Australian Government, I would like to thank the international Antarctic community for the logistical support offered to the Australian Antarctic programme following the grounding of the Aurora Australis at Mawson research station during a blizzard on 24 February 2016. My sincere thanks go to the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition, the United…

Strong new quality standards for solar products

The Australian Government welcomes changes announced today by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) that will substantially lift the bar on the quality of solar power products sold in Australia. The renewable energy industry’s peak body has introduced new initiatives following the Government’s push for continuously improved standards in the industry. An independent testing program is…

South Australia secures $3.2 million in 20 Million Trees funding

Up to 934,000 trees will be planted to help restore the South Australian bush and its wildlife, after the state secured $3.2 million in projects under the next round of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees programme. “The six major projects announced today will change landscapes for the better, from the coastal vegetation at the…

Certified carbon neutral precincts a breath of fresh air for our cities

The Australian Government’s certification system which recognises carbon neutral businesses, products, services and events will be expanded to include cities, precincts and buildings. We have listened to requests from the community, cities and business to expand the National Carbon Offset Standard – which enables businesses, products and events to be certified as carbon neutral. We…

$500 million investment secures long-term future of Cerberus

Flinders MP Greg Hunt said he was delighted that the future of HMAS Cerberus had been secured with $500 million in funding outlined in the Defence White Paper. “This investment secures the long-term future of HMAS Cerberus as a Naval Training facility and will provide a welcome boost to the local economy in Crib Point…

Far North Queensland to benefit from new solar farm

An ex-frontier services town in far North-West Queensland is set to benefit from the construction of a new solar plant, which will demonstrate the value of renewable energy at the edge of the National Electricity Market. The Australian Government is providing $8.4 million to support the construction of a 5 MW solar PV plant on…

Mount Martha group leads the way on Clean Up Australia Day effort

Federal Environment Minister and Member for Flinders Greg Hunt joined the Balcombe Estuary Reserves Group to clean up the waterway as people around the country rolled up their sleeves to take part in Clean Up Australia Day. “Today individuals, families and volunteer groups have come together to tackle waste and remove litter in the community,”…